Just Like My Papa by Toni Buzzeo
What Bluebirds Do by Pamela Kirby
Stay Close to Mama by Tony Buzzeo
Dolphin Baby by Nicola Davies
One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert
A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston
Dogs by Emily Gravett
No Two Alike by Keith Baker
Allow students time to collaborate in pairs or small groups to create a picture story about a young lion with no spots or a young bluebird with no spots and what dangers it might face because of its appearance. After the children have illustrated their stories, add them to the classroom library so classmates can read them.
To extend the lesson, discuss differences between adult animals of the same kind as well. Then show the class a picture of an adult animal (elephant, leopard, eagle, etc.) and give students an outline of that animal that they can color. Encourage students to color in the outline and then compare how their colored drawings are the same as and different from the visual model (picture) and from those of their classmates.